Photographs taken during the interview with Ted Swem, Sr.
Ted Swem was born in 1917 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and came to Alaska in 1962. Working for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C, Ted was key to development of new national park areas in Alaska in the 1970s. He was Chairman of the Alaska Planning Group for the Department of Interior, and his work set the stage for enactment of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). Ted received his Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Iowa State University in Ames, and completed one year of graduate work at the Biology School at Harvard University. He went on to work for the Colorado State Game and Fish Department, became the Coordinator for the Federal Aid to the Wildlife Restoration Program, worked for the Bureau of Reclamation in 1946, and then in 1957 joined the National Park Service. He had a long and successful career as a park planner and advocate, and was considered a conservation leader. Ted retired from the Park Service in 1976. Ted Swem died in 2006. For more information about Ted Swem.